Cinnamon Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman

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When we invite friends over for breakfast, we like to go all out. We recently made The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast for company and now we are addicted. We want to invite guests over every morning so we have a reason to bake this extra special breakfast treat.

I love baked French toast because it can be made in advance. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to prepare breakfast, you can do all of the work the night before. When I saw Ree’s baked French toast recipe included a cinnamon topping, I knew it would be a hit at our house. We adore cinnamon streusel (if you haven’t tried our cinnamon streusel pancakes, you must. They are life changing.) This recipe does not scrimp on the cinnamon topping, it is loaded with cinnamon and sugar goodness.

We made the French toast the night before and kept the casserole and topping in the refrigerator. In the morning, I sprinkled the topping over the casserole and popped it in the oven to bake. Our house smelled amazing! Our guests probably thought we woke up with the rooster to make such a fantastic breakfast, but we actually slept in. The oven did all of the work.

This Cinnamon Baked French toast is sweet, sinful, and worth every calorie. Serve with extra butter and maple syrup-why hold back now? Indulge and enjoy! If anyone wants to come over for breakfast, just let us know. We need an excuse to make this decadent breakfast again.

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Yield: Serves 16

Cook Time: 45-55 minutes

Ingredients:

1 loaf French Bread
8 large eggs
2 cups milk (we used skim, but Ree uses whole)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Maple syrup-for serving

Directions:

1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Tear French bread into chunks, or cut into cubes,  and evenly place in the pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour evenly over bread. Cover pan with saran wrap and store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter pieces and cut into the dry mixture using a fork or your hands. Combine until the mixture resembles sand with a few pea sized chunks. Cover and store mixture in the refrigerator.

4. When you’re ready to bake the French toast, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove casserole from refrigerator  and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top.  Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the French toast is set and golden brown.

5. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

Recipe adapted from The Pionner Woman

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If you like this Cinnamon Baked French Toast, you might also like:

Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Baked Blueberry French Toast from Barbara Bakes
Baked French Toast with Maple and Praline from Recipe Girl
Cranberry Apple French Toast from Andrea’s Recipes

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